Quotes of the day

I was leafing through a magazine in someone’s office  yesterday and saw this quote superimposed on a photo of the great outdoors:

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900)

All right!   But I’m sorry to admit that up ’til then, I had no idea who Warner was (novelist and essayist).  He sounded like a pretty cool dude, though, so he’s on my list for post-NaNoWriMo reading.  Seemed like we had a fair number of points of connection:  western Massachusetts, upstate New York, Unitarian, love of nature, humor.

Of course I see references to NaNoWriMo in EVERYTHING now, so here’s a quote I found from Warner that I think is applicable to writing dialogue:

Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.

But this one is my favorite and I think it really captures some of my feelings about this whole experience and journey we have embarked on together.

Perhaps nobody ever accomplishes all that he feels lies in him to do; but nearly every one who tries his power touches the walls of his being.

Certainly this is true for me.  Thoughts?


  1. dayner

    I love the last quote too. I often feel this way. I have another famous quote for y’all…
    It’s from Nike “Just do it!” heh heh This is what I tell myself when I waffle about what I’m doing.
    I would rather play the game and lose then sit on the sidelines watching everyone else have all the fun.

  2. Darksculptures

    I liked “Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.”
    Mostly because I have been trying to be a little more sensative to other people and how they feel about things and allowing them to express themselves without me adding my opinions.
    Most of the time I fail miserably at this by the way. So if my lettuce gets a little limp and soggy, throw a bucket of cold water on me will ya?

  3. Post

    Definitely NOT limp and soggy, DS.

    This whole NaNoWriMo thing is really pushing me to ‘just do it’ and it is something, isn’t it?

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